Today's Five Best Columns
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Jan 14, 2012 5:12PM ET
The legendary Penn State football coach, his legacy forever stained by the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault scandal, opens up for an interview with The Washington Post, even as he struggles through chemo.
Jan 14, 2012 1:50PM ET
In a White House blog post, the administration comes out hard against measures that would lead to "censorship," signaling Obama's opposition to the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act.
Jan 14, 2012 12:31PM ET
Let us all hope that this is the weirdest arrest of the weekend: authorities in Peru have arrested Johnny D. Guillen, aka the Corta Nalgas, wanted for slashing the buttocks of women in shopping malls in Virginia.
Jan 14, 2012 10:14AM ET
South Carolina ads target his time at Bain and as Massachusetts governor.
Jan 13, 2012 5:30PM ET
A controversially selected quote from Martin Luther King Jr. that appears in the recently unveiled memorial on the National Mall is getting an edit, proving that just because something is physically etched in stone doesn't mean it's figuratively so.
Jan 13, 2012 5:09PM ET
Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray wants one of the city's two Occupy encampments to leave, but while he's got no problem with another nearby, the campers themselves don't really want to mingle.
Jan 13, 2012 4:14PM ET
Discovered: A molecule that could cool our warming Earth, what's killing all the bees, fat tastes good, a cancer-processed food link.
Jan 13, 2012 3:07PM ET
Following the news that John Edwards' lawyers requested yet another delay to his trial due to a mysterious illness, a court filing revealed the former vice presidential candidate's diagnosis: a "life threatening heart condition" that requires surgery.
Jan 13, 2012 9:46AM ET
Charles Krauthammer on Ron Paul, Su Chi on Taiwan's future, Jonathan Alter on William Daley, Peggy Noonan on South Carolina, and Michael Kinsley on Romney's health care record.
Jan 13, 2012 8:57AM ET
The latest person to troll Girl Scout with her weird social hangups thinks people shouldn't buy their signature cookies because the scouts let a transgender girl in last year, but it looks like her plan is going to backfire and cookie sales will climb.
Jan 13, 2012 7:49AM ET
Airport travelers left $409,085.56 at security checkpoints across the country in 2010, simply by emptying the change in their pockets into those plastic bins and not picking it up again.
Jan 13, 2012 7:28AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Jan 12, 2012 4:52PM ET
Discovered: A red-wine research fraud, the world's smallest frog, what makes alcohol addictive, the Internet's mind-altering properties, a new Mars-like planet.
Jan 12, 2012 1:24PM ET
In the three days since the United States resumed drone strikes in Pakistan after a two-month hiatus, it's carried out two attacks, killing 10 people and indicating the tactic of targeting terrorists with drones is fully back in favor with U.S. commanders.
Jan 12, 2012 12:03PM ET
Straight from the head-smack file comes the story of a woman who really sees nothing wrong with hanging a sign near the public pool she owns declaring it "white only."
Jan 12, 2012 9:48AM ET
Not to be outdone by his top Republican rival, Barack Obama's campaign announced that he'd raised more than $42 million for the last quarter of 2011, compared with the $24 million Mitt Romney raised to outdo his competitors in the Republican primary field.
Jan 12, 2012 9:46AM ET
Ezra Klein on presidents and jobs, Nicholas Kristof on teacher quality, Conor Friedersdorf on the hunt for conservative alternatives, Elliott Abrams on the Middle East, and Joan Vennochi on Scott Brown.
Jan 12, 2012 8:46AM ET
Blanketed under 15 feet snow, the small fishing town of Cordova, Alaska is waiting for what sounds like a simple solution.
Jan 12, 2012 8:36AM ET
Jan 12, 2012 7:52AM ET
North Korea announced today that Kim Jong-il's body will be put on permanent display in Kumsusan Memorial Palace, lying beside the body of his father, for all to see.
Jan 12, 2012 5:55AM ET
Mississippi's attorney general has convinced a state judge to block 203 pardons handed out by Governor Haley Barbour on his last day in office, even though some of those violent criminals had already been released from jail.
Jan 11, 2012 6:22PM ET
Donations to Occupy Wall Street have nearly dried up, and even as it's spent the majority of money it's raised, an accounting volunteer said there are no fundraising plans aside from just going about the business of being Occupy Wall Street.
Jan 11, 2012 5:46PM ET
It's unclear exactly why, but the Department of Homeland has been operating a "Social Networking/Media Capability" program to monitor the top blogs, forums and social networks for at least the past 18 months.
Jan 11, 2012 5:36PM ET
Following some grumpy pushback from seemingly everyone, the Mayor Bloomberg's office said they have no plans to limit the sale of alcohol in New York City, adding "there are no bad ideas in brainstorming."
Jan 11, 2012 5:24PM ET
According to U.S. Department of Agriculture, meat consumption's predicted to go down 12.2 percent between 2007 and 2012, so we have something to ask our "red-blooded" compatriots: How has our once meat-loving nation become so un-American?
Jan 11, 2012 3:58PM ET
The U.S. Marine Corps said it's investigating a horrible video that shows Marines urinating on dead bodies.
Jan 11, 2012 3:52PM ET
Before Occupy Wall Street protesters started sleeping in Zuccotti Park on Sept. 17, launching the movement that became one of the biggest stories of 2011, it was a forgotten little downtown park. And, even though it's been "re-occupied," it feels that way again.
Jan 11, 2012 3:48PM ET
We've never seen The New York Times become visibly upset in blog post, but then again, we've also never seen New York Times readers commit voter fraud in a contest to name a local animal celebrity.
Jan 11, 2012 2:49PM ET
Discovered: the color of the Milky Way, a far away galaxy, weight gain denial, the best kind of doctors.
Jan 11, 2012 2:46PM ET
Mimosa fans beware: the Federal Drug Administration won't be allowing any orange juice into the country until it can properly screen the imports for traces of a banned fungicide.